Camarines Norte leads 74 provinces in the early completion of its road projects funded through the P6.5 billion KALSADA Program, a national incentive program for local road management funded under the 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said.
The DBM and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officials in Camarines Norte conducted the final inspection of KALSADA projects under the 2016 Local Government Support Fund.
Camarines Norte, an awardee for Outstanding Local Public Financial Management the past two years, has completed six of its eight KALSADA road projects amounting to P100,963,429.02. The remaining two projects will be completed by the middle of July, according to Maxine Tanya Hamada, DBM Asst. Secretary for Monitoring and Evaluation.
These road projects consist of the upgrading of the Daet-San Vicente Road (1.8 km); the Daet-Mambalite Road ( 1.2 km); the Daet-San Lorenzo Ruiz Road (1.5 km); the Jct Talisay-Gabon-Sta Cruz Road (1.78 km); the Angas-Manguisoc Road (4.24 km); and the Jct San Felipe-Patag Road (0.28 km).
Set for completion by middle of July are two projects for the upgrading of the Jct Borabod-Awitan, the San Nicolas-San Francisco Road (4.0 km) and the Jct Msr. Basiad Road (0.99 km).
KALSADA, or Konkreto at Ayos na Lansangan at Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran, provides funding to provinces to upgrade and rehabilitate the quality of local roads. To access the funds, provinces are required to meet good governance and performance standards, as well as to establish monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for their road projects. The program’s management strategy and capacity development interventions have encouraged provinces to come up with their provincial road network development plans, on which they based their priority core road projects.
Hamada explained that Camarines Norte is one of the provinces that received a higher allocation for KALSADA projects on account of its high score on the performance criteria of percentage completion of Special Local Road Fund or SLRF projects and percentage of fair to good roads.
Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado said he intends to complete the concreting of the province’s roads “all the way to the barangay.”